Fitness and nutrition are a dynamic duo when it comes to being healthy and achieving fitness goals like weight loss or muscle strength. I recently shared a few tips for controlling your eating throughout the year which you can read here. Today I’m sharing a few tips to help you make fitness a priority.
6 Tips to Help Make Fitness A Priority All Year Long
Understand your body is created to move. The more you sit, the easier it is to keep sitting. The more you move, the easier it is to keep moving. Our body’s biggest enemy is our butt and sitting on it too much can be more damaging than you might think.
See: Proof that the Human Body was Made to Move (AceFitness.org)
Keep a fitness journal for at least ONE week. Jot down your feelings before your workout, during your workout and after your workout. I almost always feel amazing after I finish a workout but I’m definitely not always excited to start. It can be helpful to go back and re-read your entries on the days when you don’t feel like doing anything. Keeping a fitness journal detailing your workouts will also allow you to see how you’ve progressed over time.
Types of fitness journals/planners:
- Old school notebook
- MAMBI Mini Fitness Planner
- Blogilates Fitness Planner
- Fitlosophy FitBook: Fitness & Nutrition Journal
Limit screen time. This includes computers, your phone and TV. I do this with my kids too because they’d sit around staring at their tablets (or TV) all the live long day if I let them. When I tell them they only have a limited time, they choose how they want to spend that time (play games, send me silly Snaps, chat with friends, etc.) and then they go do other things. Limiting your own screen time will help you get more things done too. And you’ll be setting a great example for your kids at the same time. Reward yourself with watching an episode of your favorite show after your workout is finished. Don’t mess around on Snapchat unless it’s during your workout or you’re already finished (share or it didn’t happen, right??).
Do your workouts when they fit in best. Some people love doing their workouts first thing in the morning. I don’t. The rest of my family is still sleeping when I get up for work so the best time for me is after I get home from work. This is really where preworkout supplements or just good old caffeine come in handy!
Connect with like-minded folks. This could be joining an online fitness community like MyFitnessPal or joining fitness-related groups or challenge groups on Facebook.
Some of my favorites:
- Forks to Fit Fix: Recipes/Support (has a 21 Day Fix focus and lots of healthy meal ideas and amazing support too)
- FitBit Challenge Group (for the Fitbit lovers out there)
- 44 Best Facebook Groups for Fitness and Workout Motivation (a great resource with sport-specific groups and general ones too)
Reward yourself along the way. When you meet little goals along the way make sure you celebrate those wins with new playlist songs, workout shoes, a motivating graphic fitness tee or a new shaker cup!
Bonus #7! Check in with yourself at the end of each month. A lot of fitness planners have this built-in and it’s so useful. It breaks down the year into smaller chunks so you can focus on your progress a month at a time. When one month is done, assess, reflect, make changes and move on to the next month.
The interwebs make it pretty easy to find fitness motivation these days. It’s so easy to connect with other people who care about living healthy if you don’t have many people in your life that do. Support from others with similar goals is super helpful in achieving your own. It’s also so much fun to support others along the way.
I hope this helps!